Demetrius Miller Added To 2014 Men’s 3x3 World Championship Team
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Demetrius Miller (Flint, Mich.) today was added to the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 Men’s World Championship Team. Miller replaces Arne Duncan, who is unable to compete in the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship that will take place June 5-8 in Moscow, Russia.
Miller joins Thomas Darrow (Newport, Calif.), Craig Moore (New York, N.Y.) and Jitim Young (Chicago, Ill.), who were named to the 2014 USA 3x3 World Championship Team after their team, Ariel, won the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship on May 11. Moore and Young shared the men’s 3x3 tournament MVP award, Moore won the men’s 3-point shootout and Darrow, alongside Duncan, won the hotshot competition.
Miller played for Team Elite during the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship, and he helped his team to the semifinals. A two-year (2011-12 and 2012-13) guard for the Metropolitan State University of Denver men’s basketball team in Colorado, Miller also played two seasons at Mott Community College in Michigan. He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 NCAA Division II South Central Region tournament and earned 2013 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) second team honors. He was included on the 2012-13 preseason All-RMAC team and made the 2012 NJCAA Central Region all-tournament team.
The 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship is expected to feature 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams, and will be just the second edition for the biennial event. In addition to the men’s and women’s 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2014 3x3 World Championship program will be a skills contest for women, a dunk contest for men and coed shoot-out and free throw competitions.
In addition to the USA Basketball 3x3 squad, nations competing for the men’s 2014 3x3 World Championship gold medal will be: Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, host Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela; while the women’s field includes Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, host Russia, Spain, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda and Uruguay.
At the inaugural 2012 FIBA 3x3 World Championship that was held in Athens, Greece, the USA women’s team, featuring Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley, Chiney Ogwumike and Ann Strother, captured the gold medal with a perfect 9-0 record. The USA men’s team, featuring Adetayo Adesanya, Ira Brown, Tyree Hardge and Allen DuBois Williams finished with a 7-2 record and in seventh place. Earning the men’s gold was Serbia, while France collected silver and Ukraine went home with the bronze medal.
In the skills competition, Adesanya collected a silver medal in the dunk contest, while Diggins claimed silver in the skills challenge.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world-ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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